Japan's parliament has elected 71-year-old Yoshihide Suga as the new Prime Minister.

On Wednesday, he succeeded Shinzo Abe, who resigned for health reasons after a record tenure of nearly eight years.

Suga, who has been a close confidante of Abe for years and served as cabinet secretary and government spokesman, is the oldest head of government in Japan for around three decades.

He wanted to present his cabinet on the same day.

This will include many ministers who were already there under Abe. 

The ruling party LDP, which has a majority in parliament, had already made Suga the new party leader on Monday.

Suga wants to continue Abe's economic policy of monetary easing, debt-financed economic stimulus programs and reforms to cope with the corona crisis and make the economy more productive.